Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?
Minimally invasive spine surgery techniques are becoming more widely used in lieu of open back procedures. Minimally invasive surgery causes less trauma to the surrounding muscles, minimizes pain, reduces scarring, and enables faster recovery times.
Much of the post operative pain which occurs after standard surgical procedures can be attributed to muscle damage. With minimally invasive surgery, specifically designed instruments and microscopes are used; these devices eliminate the need to cut and strip away muscles to gain access to the surgical site. Most appropriate for conditions of the lumbar spine, minimally invasive procedures are often performed as outpatient surgery and are considered to be very safe, even for elderly patients.
Surgeries of this nature are very precise, using a tubular retractor to enable spinal access. This retractor is used in conjunction with other specially designed surgical instruments, resulting in smaller incisions and less blood loss. Another advantage is that, if a hospital stay is required, it is usually shorter than what is average for standard open spine procedures.